Is It Time To Retire File Server and NAS?
The file server has served users well for more than a decade. It provided users the ability to share documents with other employees within the organization. So successful was this storage with users that many organizations implemented multiple file servers which quickly created a data management problem. To solve this problem, multiple file servers were replaced by a single Network Attached Storage (NAS) system. These systems were essentially “super file-servers” but the method of user interaction remained unchanged. The problem is that the modern user no longer solely relies on a single desktop computer system. Instead they access and share files from multiple devices – desktop/laptops, tablets and smartphones. File servers and NAS systems were never not designed to manage file access from all these devices.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly Newsletter.